by George J. Dance

Sonya Dorman Hess (April 6, 1924 - February 14, 2005), who mainly published as Sonya Dorman, was an American poet and science fiction writer.[1]


Dorman was born in New York City in 1924 and died in Taos, New Mexico at the age of 80.


She is perhaps best known outside of the world of science fiction as a poet.

She also appeared in Harlan Ellison's anthology Dangerous Visions, with the story "Go, Go, Go, Said the Bird."[2]


Her poem "Corruption of Metals" won the Rhysling Award of the Science Fiction Poetry Association in 1978.[3]

Her best-known work of science fiction is the story "When I Was Miss Dow", which has been reprinted numerous times and received a retrospective James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 1995.[1]



  • Poems. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 1970.
  • Stretching Fence. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 1975.
  • A Paper Raincoat: Poems. Orono, ME: Puckerbrush Press, 1976.
  • Pomegranate. Binghampton, NY: Bellevue Press, 1977.
  • Constellations of the Inner Eye. Orono, ME: Puckerbrush Press, 1980.
  • Kingdom of Lost Waters. Boise, ID: Ahsahta Press, 1983.
  • Carrying What You Love: Poems. Greensboro, NC: Avisson Press, 1996.


  • Planet Patrol. New York: Coward, McCann, & Geohegan, 1978.
  • Palace of Earth (edited by Constance Hunting). Orono, ME: Puckerbrush Press, 1984.
  • The Far Traveller. La Cross, WI: Juniper Press, 1980.

Short fictionEdit


  • Nebula Award Stories 2 (edited by Harry Harrison & Brian W. Aldiss). Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1967.
  • One Hundred Years of Science Fiction (edited by Damon Knight). New York: Simon & Schuster, 1968.
  • Rising Tides: 20th century American women poets (edited by by Laura Chester, Sharon R Barba, & Anaïs Nin). New York: Washington Square Press, 1973.
  • Women of Wonder: Science fiction stories by women for women (edited by Pamela Sargent). New York: Vintage, 1974.
    The Putnam Tradition Sonya Dorman Audiobook

    The Putnam Tradition Sonya Dorman Audiobook

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 Dorman, Sonya, Authors, Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. Web, Feb, 11, 2013.
  2. Dangerous Visions (edited by Harlan Ellison) (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1967), 404-411. Print.
  3. Rhysling Award, Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (third edition). Web, Feb. 11, 2013.
  4. S. Dorman,The Putnam Tradition," Project Gutenberg, 2008. Web, July 12, 2014.
  5. Search results = au:Sonya Dorman, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, July 12, 2014.

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